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User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6522 posts, RR: 51
Posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6980 times:

1988...March, 1988 I think it was...my family and I just flew from MSY to ATL on a 72S...it was an 8:00pm-ish flight, connecting to Orlando. Now we had flown Delta probably a half dozen times before that, usually headed off to MCO on one of the nonstops. This trip was a little different since we were going to change in ATL.

At the time, I was only nine years old, and I had never flown on a wide body. When we got to the departure gate in ATL for the MCO flight, I caught a brief glimpse of the tail engine on the plane, and said to myself "oh no not another 727!" Boy was I ever wrong. For it wasn't a 727 #2 engine I was looking at, it was a L-1011!

That was an amazing flight...the flight was less than half full...my dad and I sat on the two seat side...my mother and my brother sat across the aisle in the middle...and I convinced my dad to videotape the takeoff. I just kept saying over and over "we're on a Lockheed Tristar!". I was such an airplane dork back then...maybe even more so than today.

We flew back to MSY on a 72S and landed in a bad thunderstorm...but since it was a 727, it was hardly bumpy.

I miss the good old days of commercial aviation. But then again, I'm sure everyone does.

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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6946 times:

I spent a lot of time on the Tristars. I really miss those planes and the way they vibrated and shook the whole way down the runway. The burgundy interior and the 1960s looking frosted glass up by the First Class galley. What a kick ass plane!

As for those 727s...you miss them now I bet. Do you remember the really ugly red, yellow, and orange interior they had on some of them? Never sure how that fit the Delta color scheme though.



"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6522 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6932 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 1):
Do you remember the really ugly red, yellow, and orange interior they had on some of them?

Oh yes, and I remember being stuck in the smoking section on several of those.

Funny how now i'd take a flight in the smoking section of a 727 anytime over a flight in a new A320 or 737.


User currently offlineNonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1291 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6926 times:

As a kid, I remember the white plastic L1011's and the wings that you got when you flew. Does anyone remember the playing card deck where the Tristars were pictured on the aces? I have not seen one of those decks for a while.

User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6522 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6921 times:

Quoting Nonrevman (Reply 3):
As a kid, I remember the white plastic L1011's

Oh man I used to get a lot of those from Delta Air Cargo here in MSY. My grandpa used to own a restaurant here and he got lobsters flown in from Maine once a week via DL. Of course, I had to tag along.


User currently offlineAAL0616 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 272 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6894 times:

Here's one for you: how about the Delta versions of C-130 Hercules all-cargo aircraft?

User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 31
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6894 times:

My first trip to MCO back in 1997 was on a DLX 732 oilburner  Wink. Best time ever. The whole t/o my face was stuck to the window watching BDL get smaller and smaller and smaller. I'll never forget landing in MCO either. I watched those clamshells in awe and will never forget how cool it was trying to stop that beast. That and I now know im not allowed to play with the airphone  Wink


Doors open, right hand side, next stop is Springfield.
User currently offlineMontanaFL From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6829 times:

My dad retired from DL in 1995, so plenty of memories. Loved the L-1011 but next on the list was the DC-8. I think my last flight on a DC-8 was CLE-ATL on my way home to TPA. What I enjoyed most was F/C when I could get it. The seats were First Class and the food was outstanding. Family trip back in the early 80's flying from BOS-CVG on a 727 all 5 of us in F/C. Shrimp cocktail, great steak dinner and then sundae's for dessert and all this on what, a 2 hour flight? DL today is not the same as then, but then again no airline is hat it was back then.

DeltaGator - I agree with you on the L-1011 vibrating and shook the whole way down the runway. How about hearing the creaks, moans, etc when lowering the flaps? I also remember the "really ugly red, yellow, and orange interior..." Brings back memories.

Nonrevman - I have one of those plastic L-1011's and have no intention of ever giving it up



I miss those DL L-1011's
User currently offlineTokyoNarita From Palau, joined Aug 2003, 570 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6808 times:

I remember flying Delta's L1011 SLC-PDX-LAX in 1996.

TokyoNarita


User currently offlineBHMNONREV From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 1368 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6802 times:

Had my first Delta experience in Feb 1974, D9S from STL-IAH. My grandmother was going to Houston for cancer treatment at Texas Medical Center and they invited me along. My Pop (worked for TW) got some 75% off employee passes since TWA did not fly to Houston and we were able to enjoy the excellent F service (since Grandma would not be caught dead in "coach"). At that time a round-trip F class ticket from STL-IAH was around $300.00, so my Dad was able to get them for $75.00. I remember asking him at the time, why not American, because they also flew the STL-IAH route. Because I "only" get 50% off with American...lol

I remember receiving a boarding pass at the gate in STL with the old peel and stick seat numbers, thought that was kinda cool. Boarded outdoors (STL only had one jetway at the time) in the nasty St. Louis winter, snow, sleet it was an absolute mess that day. Upon our arrival at Intercontinental that evening, it was 79 degrees, and as we pulled up to one of the banjos on the southside I looked out the right hand window and got my first look at a Delta DC-10 and several other Delta aircraft. I thought I had died and went to Delta heaven.

On the return I flew unaccompanied on a 727-100 and with a 100+ MPH tail wind we made it back to STL in about an hour and 15 min.

Up to that point in my life all of my flights had been on TWA and this trip gave me a soft spot for the widget, which has remained to this day...


User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2789 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6753 times:

I have fond memories of my one and only first class flight: DL234, SFO-SLC in August 1991 on a 757.

I also remember ATL-SFO on a mighty L-1011 TriStar with FIVE lavatories all clustered in the rear cabin.

The good ole days of commercial aviation...


User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16822 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6687 times:

I flew DL between EWR and Orlando on a number of occasions in the Early Nineties before Delta Express or Song came along, the aircraft were a L-1011-200, 757-200, M88 and a Shuttle 727.


Eastern Air lines flt # 701, EWR-MCO Boeing 757
User currently offlineBrons2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3007 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6673 times:

Many fond memories of the 727 on Delta.

Several trips on the 767 SLC-PDX and PDX-SLC.

L1011 MCO-DFW 1997.



Firings, if well done, are good for employee morale.
User currently offlineL1011dal From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6661 times:

The Delta L1011 will always be my favorite. The 727's were also a nice ride that I'll never forget. I remember flying on both the L1011 and 727 from MCO-MSY nonstop which is now flown by RJ's. I had the pleasure of taking both of the aircraft to Victorvile on retirement flights which was basically a 5 hour party. Lot's of photos from the flights at

http://www.l1011.homestead.com


User currently offlineType-Rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4952 posts, RR: 19
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 6609 times:

Speaking of the DL DC-8's, I remember flying the "Super 8" MSY-ORD and ORD-FLL in First. They still had the curtains on the windows, instead of window shades. And when it spooled up for takeoff, you really knew you were going somewhere!


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User currently offlineDAL767400ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 6602 times:

Quoting AAL0616 (Reply 5):
Here's one for you: how about the Delta versions of C-130 Hercules all-cargo aircraft?

Actually, those weren't conversions. The L-100 were real pax planes by Lockheed based off the C-130, in an attempt to enter the civil aviation market. Didn't work too well, as only very few were sold.
As far as memories about DL go, many of them are not so clear, as I was very young during most of the trips, but I remember a few "significant" moments:
-Arriving at ATL(where else?) after a long flight from cold Hamburg, only to instantly feel the typical Southern heat upon entering the jetway - major temperature shock back then.
-Of course, I also slightly remember just how different ATL looked some 15 years ago, with small security, mostly brownish main terminal area, and seeing KLM 747s alongside LH 747s at Concourse T.
-Not so many 727 memories, except for my worst landing ever in a major crosswind while landing on rwy 27L at ATL, as well as having my first solo flight as a passenger on a 727 from IAH to JFK.
-As far as L-1011s go, got to fly them many times across the pond, primarily from BRU and FRA (large oil spill besides the plane once), only had very few domestic segments with them, one of them ATL-LAX, with an excellent view of the Grand Canyon, awesome sight.
Other than that, around 90% of all my flights with Delta were on 767s or 757s, with a 777, MD-11, MD-88, CRJ or 732 sewn in for good measure.


User currently offlineXaphan From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 129 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 6591 times:

My first flight on Delta was a very early morning "night coach" flight from CVG-ORD in 1962 to connect to NW to SEA. It was my first time travelling alone and I was 16 at the time. It was supposed to be a DC 6, but due to a major airline strike (which is why I was flying out of CVG instead of my native SDF), an extra section was running with a CV 880! Given the choice, I jumped at the chance to fly on the new, sleek Convair, still in its' "Golden Crown" paint scheme. I sat in the first row in coach, and was thrilled as we blasted off the runway and roared into the summer dawn sky. It took us only forty minutes to cover the distance to Chicago, coming in over Lake Michigan and the Loop. Landing hot and fast, it was a marvelous introduction to the airline that was "ready when I was".

Little could I imagine that my life would take me back to ORD and then SDF and 33 years working for Delta, but I will never forget that first, exciting flight.


User currently offlineMastaHanky From United States of America, joined May 2006, 264 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 6586 times:

My best memory is flying SLC-LAX on what I now believe to be an MD-11. It was for a high school competition and there were ten of us in our group. I distinctly remember there being five seats in the middle section (I imagine it was 2-5-2), and watching the flight info screen that shows your altitude and air speed. Some time during the flight, the pilot got on the mic and announced the presence of our group going to the competition which was kind of cool.

Maybe some of you olde ... I mean ... more knowledgable members can tell me what I flew. This happened sometime around 1996.


User currently offlineAAL0616 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 272 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6544 times:

Traveling aboard Delta 747s several times from Miami to Chicago and back again during the early 1970s, or, nonstop from Miami to San Francisco on the stretched DC-8.

User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1458 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6476 times:

My first Delta flight was an early morning L-1011 flight from SFO-LAX in 1984. A number of majors flew large planes on this route for repositioning and continuation flights.

User currently offlineEric777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6434 times:

Quoting Nonrevman (Reply 3):
Does anyone remember the playing card deck where the Tristars were pictured on the aces? I have not seen one of those decks for a while.

Yes. I have a New York deck of cards with the L1011s on the aces. A friend gave them to me many years ago. Anyway, I've only flown Delta a few times but those flights were suberb.
-Eric


User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6421 times:

In 1974 flying the DFW-SFO route in L-1011's (ah yes only 4 across seating in the middle) the morning flights had steak, eggs and champagne for breakfast. Great service for a very good airline in that time period. Just a note for the young ones here those were the days when AA was #3 at DFW.

User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8443 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6410 times:
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On my first trip to the USA in 1991 I flew Delta FRA-DFW then DFW-HOU. The first leg was a Tristar daylight flight and I was in business class, I remember it had nice leather seats, great food and very attentive cabin crew. I still have the amenity kit from that flight somewhere with everything in it!

The second leg DFW-HOU was on a DC-9 if I remember rightly and the captain was welcoming everyone aboard at the door!

My return flight was Lufthansa IAH-CLT-FRA and it was terrible. I was in the upper deck of a 742 and for the leg to CLT I was practically alone up there. We all got off in CLT while they refuelled then when we reboarded the upper deck was full. I'll never forget, I sat next to a travel agent named Mitzi who was on her first trip out of the USA. When she heard I was from South Africa she bombarded me with questions for ages then slept like a baby as we flew through a wild storm and turbulence while I, frequent flyer or not, didn't get a wink of sleep!



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User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8664 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6402 times:

At MCO I miss sing those L1011's. I remember my dad saying those were the most comfortable planes to fly on.

MCOflyer



Never be afraid to stand up for who you are.
User currently offlineSampa737 From Brazil, joined May 2005, 637 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6356 times:

I remember flying ATL-MEM on an L-1011 with my dad once back in the 70s.
Then there was the DC-8 we flew to Florida from Memphis.
I also remember DLs "owly bird" flights. I flew alone from Fort Lauderdale, connecting through Atlanta, and arriving in Memphis around 1:30am. Big time for a 12 year old. I picked the flight. Mom wasn't real happy picking me up that time of night. I also remember the entire "C" concourse at MEM being nothing but Delta. I think now they have 3 of the gates, the rest to NWA. They still have the check-in on "C" concourse.
Now, DL in MEM is mainly RJ's and MD88s. I still choose to fly DL over NWA anyday!


25 DL4EVR : Was this in Y or F??
26 JohnClipper : I can remember their frequent flyer awards - a free coach ticket or 75% off of First Class. Flew First Class in 1994 MCO-DFW (L-1011)-SLC(B767-300)-AN
27 Scintx : I've had a long association with Delta that goes back to the later 60's. My parents nor have I ever worked for an airline. I've been a airline dork fo
28 YULYMX : Delta L1011 and 767 from Yul to BOS-PBI and Yul-mia-fll WOW love those tristar... later got the chance for 7-8 years to fly TriStar from Air Transat p
29 SLCUT2777 : Being from Salt Lake City I have many memories of Western Airlines before their merger with Delta. But only 4 years after the merger I had a sister mo
30 Post contains links DeltaRules : Plenty of Delta memories: -My first L-1011 flight (9/95, SFO-ATL), being surprised at how big the cabin was. That was my first flight into ATL & I cou
31 Freedom747 : Anybody remember the awesome sounding of the chimes? Ahhhh yes. The TriStar. What about the blinking of the fasten seat belt sign....how awesome was t
32 TPAnx : Best Delta flights....ORH-LGA-MIA. Remember "Royal Service"? Champagne, and a steak dinner...in Coach. Was also flying to the west coast for a convent
33 ImperialEagle : I remember those DC-3 flights BTR-ATL when I was a kid. Pulling myself up the aisle by the seat backs to get to that cherished first window! One could
34 Post contains images Freedom747 : Anybody remember the awesome sound of the chime whenever the fasten seatbelt sign came on? Delta Air Lines and the TriStar......ahhh yes.
35 YULspotter : My very first time on an airplane was also Delta L-1011 Tri-Star. I was 12 years old and heading off to Florida & Disneyland for the first time. Our f
36 PeachAir : I remember my very first flight on Delta was before the merger with Western (1986) I think. Being from Calif, I departed LAX on board DL066 LAX-ATL on
37 EWRandMDW : My first flight on Delta was about 1972 on a CV880 to Hartford. I recall the seating was 2+3 and it was cold and rainy when we landed. There was no je
38 YULYMX : did that a few times but a little more than 8 minutes...12-15 but pretty short
39 Dj1986 : I remember back in the 90's we always flew from FRA to ATL on LH and would continue from FRA to MIA on DL. The TriStar was a very nice airplane and I
40 DeltaRules : I remember the blinking, but don't remember the call button sound. DeltaRules
41 A999 : AAL0616: The L-100-10 freighters(fleet no. 301-303, regn. N9268R, N9258R, N9259R) were delivered aug.-oct. 1966 to replace their Curtiss C-46 fleet of
42 UCLAX : DL will always have a special place in my heart. Til I was 4, I lived in JAN, and whenever at the airport, DL staff made sure I got one of the plastic
43 OzarkD9S : I don't recall the exact year but I was fortunate enough to fly a DL 747 from ORD to MIA. We were non-revving to PBI but the flight was full so we fle
44 JohnClipper : I've been on the following Delta aircraft and the older aircraft definately have a place in my heart: B727-200 B737-200 B737-300 B737-800 B757-200 B76
45 L1011 : I really liked those colorful interiors that Delta and most other airlines used to have. They made the airplane seem more cheerful and inviting. The f
46 DeltaGator : One trip I always remember was originally supposed to be MKE-CVG-ATL but it was delayed for a long time due to storms. I ended up getting off the plan
47 STT757 : I remember flyin EWR-MCO on a DL L1011 and during engine start up the rear section of the aircraft where we were sitting was full of a strong kerosene
48 N501US : Mid 1970s flying between PHL and TPA in coach filet mignon and champagne served for dinner. (DL and EA had a pretty good battle on this route and I wa
49 Post contains images S5FA170 : I grew up on Delta Air Lines. My father has worked there for over 25 years, and I started non-reving on them at 6 weeks old! My fondest memories of De
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